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Poster: Blade_Runner Date: May 29, 2011 3:29pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Is this copy of the General PD?

I tried viewing this movie after downloading the 950MB file and I don't seem to be seeing anything although I am getting the audio. What might I be doing wrong? Might it have something to do with it being in 720p?

I tried it with VLC player and itunes player.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: May 29, 2011 5:15pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Is this copy of the General PD?

I'm not sure what 720p means. Does it mean that there are 720 scan lines?

Anyhow, there must be a video stream because the Archive was able to derive thumbnails.

When I get the chance, I'll download it and try it with MPlayer.

I hope that someone who has downloaded the large file will remove the soundtrack and re-upload the film.

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Poster: Frank Panucci Date: May 30, 2011 10:32am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Is this copy of the General PD?

Keeping things simple, leaving out lots of detail...

"720P" refers to a hi def format. There are several such formats, going all the way up to 1080P for home use.

"720P" means there are 720 vertical pixels. The P stands for progressive, which means there is no interlacing. Files properly derived from motion pictures will be 24 frames per second. Widescreen 720P HD video will be 1280 pixels wide. Old movies, such as WIZARD OF OZ, which were not filmed in widescreen, will be considerably smaller in the horizontal dimension, or will have vertical borders on each side called "pillarboxes". There are many more technical distinctions I won't go into here.

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Poster: guyzilla Date: May 29, 2011 6:51pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Is this copy of the General PD?

I think "720p" means how many pixels there are vertically. "Scan lines" mean pretty much the same thing. But I have a question: it's been established that "sweat of the brow" work such as cleaning up the frames doesn't constitute a new work, but what if they added new title cards? Would that constitute new matter?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: May 29, 2011 7:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Is this copy of the General PD?

I guess so, but I imagine it wouldn't be too difficult an editing job to replace the new titles with ones from an unrestored version of the movie.

Someone needs to make the necessary changes so that this sharper version can be available here permanently.